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License Plate Readers Are Photographing You Everywhere

•, By Kelsey D. Atherton
 In Northern California, law enforcement agencies are using license plate readers to build a giant database of publicly available personal information—all obtained legally, without warrants. In 2011 the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, which coordinates information-sharing between law enforcement agencies, signed a contract with Silicon Valley-based defense contractor Palantir to create a database capable of storing 100 million license plate records.

Computer security consultant Michael Katz-Lacabe requested a record from the city of San Leandro, Calif., of times license plate readers had snapped his car. He found 112 instances—including a photo of him and his young daughters getting out of his Prius.

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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I received an e-mail from one of our loyal readers whom I assume wants to remain anonymous regarding this posting:

"Someone posted an article i think from wired on automatic license plate recognition.  I read the article and noted that the contractor selling and implementing the technology is Palantir.

  Palantir was founded and funded by that "great libertarian" (mole in the movement) Peter Thiel.  It's all on google!   :)"
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